Latest Winter Storm Makes Driving Conditions Treacherous

Jan 4, 2017

Thick drifts, blowing snow, and limited visibility have made traveling difficult -- and sometimes dangerous -- across southern Oregon.  

A tweeted video shot from ODOT shows a backup of traffic near Santiam Junction earlier today.
Credit Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

U.S. 20 -- two miles west of Santiam Pass -- was closed due to an avalanche, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.  I-5 was closed earlier at Ashland and into California. All lanes are now open, but travelers are warned to expect congestion.

ODOT spokeswoman Angela Beers-Seydel is advising no travel unless absolutely necessary. 

“Have some blankets in your car, have some water, have some food.  If you take medication on a regular basis, take that with you as well.  Because you just don’t know what’s going to happen out there.”  

For the rest of the week, temps will rise above freezing during the day, then dip into the 20s and teens overnight…potentially making roads and walkways icy.